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Who knew that a hairstyle could slim your face? From Alexa Chung’s wavy bob to ombré, we have found the best hairstyles that flatter your face in an amazing way. Simply take a picture of your favourite celebrity below and let your hairdresser do all the hard work!
Try a long bob, which perfectly frames all face shapes. Emma Stone is the ultimate candidate for this style since it flatters her face and the colour is just right!
Shorter layers that fall against the chin are perfect for framing a heart-shaped face. A few highlights is another way to make this look work for longer hair, as seen below on Aishwarya Rai.
If your hair is curly and textured, a shaggy bob is the perfect hairstyle. Don’t go for a blunt cut which can look a little harsh on thicker hair.
Bangs are a fantastic hair trend that is always in style and looks amazing with lighter hair colours. Make sure your fringe hits the area between your eyebrows and eyelashes, anything shorter won’t look too flattering.
Sun-kissed waves are so easy to achieve, especially if your hair has a hint of existing ombré. This look is so flattering on all skin tones and is easily replicated with sea-salt spray and a good curling wand.
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Ombré seems to be the latest trend which we all are dying to incorporate into our makeup, haircare and wardrobe looks of the season. To create a subtle ombré effect, simply use two different shades on your lips to create a gradient effect – and don’t forget to blend in well!
What you will need:
1 dark lipstick
1 dark lipliner
1 shimmery powder eyeshadow
1 small, flat brush to blend
1. Give your lips a good scrub with a clean toothbrush, since this will remove any dry or dead skin cells.
2. Put on your darker lipstick as usual. If you find it particularly difficult, use a lip brush to carefully apply the colour to your top and bottom lips.
3. Line your lips with the dark lipliner, and pay special attention to the corners of your mouth. Blend the liner into the lips so there aren’t any visible, harsh lines.
4. Instead of using a lighter lipstick, apply a small amount of highlighting eyeshadow on the centre of your bottom lip. This will create the lighter, gradient effect without packing on too much product. Make sure to blend it in well into the middle of your lips.
5. Use a gloss on your lips for a pouty look!
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Ombré hair is still very much in style, with many women choosing to chop their long locks for a more manageable shorter hairstyle. Although, shorter hair doesn’t always mean your hairstyles are limited. Try these quick and easy styles the next time you want something new, or simply refresh your look.
Loose, soft waves are perfect for women with short hair since they take almost no time at all to recreate. Use a curling wand with a thicker barrel to achieve loose curls, and remember to use a heat protectant! Then comb through the ends of your hair for a low-key look. Soft waves look amazing with an ombré bob because the colour graduation is perfectly sun-kissed.
Don’t be afraid to wear your hair straight every once in a while! Focus on creating some volume at the crown, otherwise this style can look flat and dated. Blow-dry the hair from the top, then hold it all in place with finishing spray.
Embrace a shorter hairdo by cutting some blunt bangs to frame your face. Not only will this look perfect for people with an oval or heart-shaped face, but will transform your entire look. Mist hair lightly with some sea-salt spray to achieve body at the ends.
It is easy to achieve a bohemian look if you have lots of layers framing the front of your face. Tie hair back into a small bun and ponytail, creating drama at the crown. Pin hair back, plait and twist it into place. Set the entire look with a spritz of hairspray at the ends.
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With spring fast approaching, it’s time to take a leap of faith and give your hair a style re-fresh. This could involve chopping off those long locks, changing your colour or even trying out a semi-permanent shade. Regardless of the many options you have, below are just a few hair trends which will be huge in the spring and summer months ahead.
Get the chop
Many women are embracing shorter hairstyles which benefit the hair in many ways. Firstly, this removes the chance of split ends, and leaves hair feeling smooth and soft to the touch. Forget about cutting all those layers in your hair – sometimes a great haircut could mean just getting a straight cut down the bottom. Embrace the minimalist style by keeping hair voluminous at the crown.
If you weren’t blessed with naturally bouncy or curly hair, then the idea of creating artificial waves might seem foreign. Not only does dead-straight hair weigh down the rest of the face, but this look can seem quite dated. Embrace some movement in your hair by using a curling wand (the thicker the barrel, the bigger the curl). Stay away from thin barrels, since this will make the curls look artificial and fake. Spray in some sea-salt spray into your ends to maintain this un-done look.
The two-tone hair trend isn’t going anywhere yet! If you’ve been thinking about trying out ombré hair, now is the perfect time. This trend particularly suits women with naturally light brown / dirty blonde hair, since roots won’t look too harsh in comparison to the lighter ends. The trick is to create a colour which has gradually faded from dark to light. Paired with a faux glow, this hairstyle will make you look sun-kissed all year round.
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Balayage hair is still very much in trend at the moment, with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Lily Aldridge and many more adapting this look to their own locks. If you’ve been living under a rock, balayage is a gradual colour transition from darker to lighter hair at the ends. Perfect if you want a low maintenance colour, which doesn’t involve regular trips to the hairdresser for root touch-ups.
This look is super-easy to achieve at home – all you need is some inspiration, hair colour (we suggest the L’Oreal Wild Ombré Kit) and a few spare hours!
- Start off by using dry, unwashed hair which is free from any styling products. This is the best since the dye will cling to oiler roots better.
- This kit does not come with a colour mixing bowl, so feel free to purchase one or use a small container to apply the mixture with ease. A highlighting brush is also a great idea if you want to colour small strands of your hair.
- If this is the first time you’re using this particular product, it is a good idea to do a strand test the night before. Pick an inconspicuous part of your hair (often behind the ear) and let the colour develop. This will be a good indicator of how the colour will end up on the rest of your hair.
- Pour the lightening kit into the mixing bowl with the plastic brush provided. Make sure the mixture has thoroughly combined before applying it onto your hair. Use a small brush (or the ombré brush provided) to achieve natural highlights. Work your way from the ends up to your chin – or the area you want the highlight to begin. Then turn the brush on it’s side to achieve a gradual colour.
- Cover the bottom of the strands thoroughly to achieve a sun-kissed colour at the ends.
- Pin up your hair and don’t leave it past the recommended time. If you want to speed up this process, wrap aluminium foil around your strands.
- Wash off and condition your ends well. Since bleaching can damage hair, it is important to keep it hydrated and moisturised. Follow up with a serum on your ends.
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The ombré trend has proven to be so popular since nails, lips and clothes have even caught onto the trend. If you’re not aware of this wildly popular option, colour usually fades from darker to lighter tones. Although ombré nails might take a bit of practice, they are definitely achievable if you want to create them yourself at home.
What you need:
Two nail polishes (these colours can be similar, or bold for a clash)
1. Start off by washing hands and filing down any unruly nails. Avoid using any moisturisers or serums since this could interfere with the colour. Then paint your nails with the lightest colour, and wait for it to dry completely. This could take anywhere from 5-10 minutes depending on how thick the coat was.
2. On a flat surface, add a few drops of both colours right next to each other. Don’t allow them to completely combine, but make sure they’re touching.
3. Take a toothpick and swirl the two colours together. Confine this just to the area where they meet, since this will determine the ombré colour.
4. Now take the sponge and dab it down onto the polish.
5. Dab the sponge right into the nail – this will create the subtle ombré effect.
6. Remove any excess polish on the finger or cuticle immediately, then just wait until the colour dries before painting a topcoat.
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